EVENT: Webinar “Three Minutes in Poland”: Rescuing Individual Stories; Retrieving Communal Pasts (November 17, 2021)

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The Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning is pleased to invite you to the next session of #TJHTalks hosted in cooperation with the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. Our guest speakers, filmmaker Roberta Grossman and author Glenn Kurtz, will explore the role of films in communicating loss, preserving family memory, and transmitting our shared history. 


Three Minutes in Poland”: Rescuing Individual Stories; 

Retrieving Communal Pasts


Roberta Grossman, Film Director/Producer


Glenn Kurtz, Author 


When Glenn Kurtz found a 16mm reel film in his parents’ home, he did not anticipate that it would lead him to write a bestselling book Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film, or inspire a movie Three Minutes: A Lengthening, which will debut in movie theaters in 2022. Three minutes of the film, shot during his grandparents’ visit to the family town of Nasielsk (Poland) in 1938, offers a rare glimpse in color into pre-war Jewish life in Poland.


Join us on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

PST: 11:00 a.m.

EST: 2:00 p.m.

UK: 7:00 p.m.

CET: 8:00 p.m.

Israel: 9:00 p.m.


The webinar will include a 45-minute discussion, followed by a 15-minute Q&A, in which you can ask questions submitted before or during the broadcast.




Glenn Kurtz is a 2019-2021 Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, Orange, CA, and the recipient of a 2016-2017 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. A graduate of Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music, Glenn holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in German studies and comparative literature. He has taught at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and is currently on the faculty at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Glenn is the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014), which was named a “Best Book of 2014” by The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and National Public Radio. 


Roberta Grossman is an internationally acclaimed writer, director, producer, and member of the Academy’s Documentary branch. Her films explore various events in Jewish history and dimensions of social justice. Roberta’s credits include, among others, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008) Hava Nagila: The Movie, (2012) and Above and Beyond (2015), and Allred (2018). Her 2018 movie, Who Will Write Our History--executive produced by Nancy Spielberg--became an international box office hit. In 2020, Roberta Grossman received the Taube Philanthropies Jewish Peoplehood Award for her contributions to Jewish culture and heritage.

The Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, now celebrating its 19th year, is the first and largest Jewish Film Festival in Poland and Eastern Europe. Since its inception in 2003, the Festival has premiered international films dedicated to exploring Jewish culture, history, and contemporary Jewish life around the globe. The Festival will take place November 15–21, 2021, with a spectacular program that will be streamed online and in-person.